Dear KTFC member or friend:

Amtrak received considerable attention from the news media recently as officials joined with Governor Wolf and other political leaders and rolled out proposed improvements to and expansion of passenger-rail service in Pennsylvania.

Amtrak’s Pennsylvania-specific proposal calls for new service between Reading, Philadelphia and New York; new service between Scranton and New York; new service between Allentown and New York; expanded Keystone service between Harrisburg Philadelphia and New York, to 17 daily round trips; increasing Harrisburg-to-Philadelphia speeds to 125 mph; and expanded Pennsylvanian service between Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and New York from one daily round trip to two, with one round trip extended to Cleveland.

Amtrak says its expanded service could be operational in as soon as three years. It estimates the Pennsylvania expansion plan would result in 1.3 million riders annually by 2035. The plans will depend on receiving adequate funding from Congress.

Amtrak’s news gives us an opportunity to reflect on the multimodal nature of our transportation system

Be of Good Cheer,

— The Wolff